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Daschle Doubts Terror War's Progress (You gotta be friggin' kidddin' me alert)
AP ^ | 11/14/02 | JOHN J. LUMPKIN

Posted on 11/14/2002 8:46:03 AM PST by finnman69

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Democrat said Thursday that the failure of U.S. authorities to capture Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) raises questions about "whether or not we are winning the war on terror."

Sen. Tom Daschle's remarks came as intelligence analysts concluded that a new audiotape almost certainly contained bin Laden's voice and is proof that he is alive.

"We can't find bin Laden, we haven't made real progress" in finding key elements of al-Qaida," the South Dakotan said. "They continue to be as great a threat today as they were one and a half years ago. So by what measure can we claim to be successful so far?"

President Bush (news - web sites) bristled Wednesday when asked if bin Laden, blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks, should have been captured sooner by U.S. and coalition forces. "We're making great progress in the war on terror. Slowly, but surely, we are dismantling the terrorist network," he said.

Daschle, meeting with reporters, said authorities should do a better job of finding where bin Laden's message came from.

"It seems he has the ability to move at will," Daschle said. "It's been a long time. 9-11 was more than year ago, and we have yet to find him."

A technical analysis of the tape was still under way Thursday, and officials said they still think that it was bin Laden's voice but they have not confirmed that.

Lawmakers and the Bush administration are worried that the new tape is a signal that more terror strikes are imminent.

"He's alive. We have to work on that assumption, and we are," said a senior law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity Wednesday.

Other U.S. officials were more conservative, saying they believe it probably came from bin Laden. They left open the possibility, however slight, that it is a hoax.

But all said they were treating the tape as a real message from al-Qaida's missing leader, even as the CIA (news - web sites) and National Security Agency conducted a technical analysis of the tape aimed at further authenticating it.

"They can't get to 100 percent certainty, but they're sure," the official said. The official, who participated in a high-level briefing by CIA and NSA officials, said analysts were trying to determine whether bin Laden placed cryptic messages in the recording to order followers into action.

Homeland security director Tom Ridge, during an appearance before a State Department gathering Thursday, referred to "bin Laden's remarks over the past 24 to 48 hours." It was an offhanded remark, and it was not clear whether he was speaking on the basis of information not yet made public.

Bush said he was taking the taped message "very seriously."

"Whoever put the tape out has put the world on notice yet again that we're at war," the president said Wednesday after a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

The tape appears to be the first confirmation in a year that bin Laden is alive.

The speaker on the tape sounds undeterred by the loss of bin Laden's home in what was Taliban-ruled Afghanistan (news - web sites) or by the death and capture of several of his closest lieutenants.

Attorney General John Ashcroft (news - web sites) said special attention is being paid to "what might be signaled" on the tape, while FBI (news - web sites) Director Robert Mueller said the existence of the tape "does and should put us on greater alert."

"There may be individuals in the United States we do not know about who could commit attacks," Mueller said.

Counterterrorism officials have said that if bin Laden is alive, they believe he is probably in a remote, mountainous area of Pakistan along the country's border with Afghanistan. American officials have never confirmed rumors that bin Laden was wounded or suffering some kind of kidney ailment.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: binladen; daschle; democrats; obstruction; terrorism; waronterror
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Two words. Homeland Security.
1 posted on 11/14/2002 8:46:03 AM PST by finnman69
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To: finnman69
Hmm....wonder if they will now start attacking Bush on defense. These idiots will lose more seats in 2004.
2 posted on 11/14/2002 8:48:03 AM PST by rwfromkansas
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To: finnman69
Senator Daschle, PLEASE oppose the President on the war & foreign policy issues.
3 posted on 11/14/2002 8:48:46 AM PST by Sloth
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To: finnman69
Dasshole needs to learn about supporting a President against an enemy who actually threatens us. I don't remember Dasshole critcizing Clintoon about his conduct of the Kosovo operation.
4 posted on 11/14/2002 8:49:00 AM PST by Sparta
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To: finnman69
Too late, Little Tommy. The election is over
5 posted on 11/14/2002 8:49:29 AM PST by ewing
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To: Sloth
And everything else, for that matter!

AGYG <----thinks Tommy D. should go after Binny himself, if he's that concerned.

6 posted on 11/14/2002 8:51:14 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: finnman69
I swear the information in this article is almost exactly the same as one posted six to eight months ago. A new bid Laden tape had been released and Daschle was extremely disappointed in the progress of the war on terror. Does the AP recycle news?
7 posted on 11/14/2002 8:51:18 AM PST by Quilla
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To: finnman69
Slash every ounce of South Dakota pork from the budget.

Deficit worries, ya know.
8 posted on 11/14/2002 8:51:49 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: finnman69
The proper reply here is: "Mr. Daschle is attempting to seem relevant, but his statement should be interpreted as a cry for help."
9 posted on 11/14/2002 8:52:39 AM PST by r9etb
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To: rwfromkansas
Of course they will. And, yes, they are that dumb.
10 posted on 11/14/2002 8:53:48 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Sparta
"Dasshole needs to learn about supporting a President against an enemy who actually threatens us. I don't remember Dasshole critcizing Clintoon about his conduct of the Kosovo operation."

Daschle's got a dilemma. If he AGREES with the President, then the media won't COVER him. He's only useful to the media as an antagonist. So, he's an antagonist.

As for Bin Vanilli's voice on that tape, sure, it probably "contains" his voice. But the CONTEXT is probably a clever edit job from past utterances.

Michael

11 posted on 11/14/2002 8:53:57 AM PST by Wright is right!
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"It seems he has the ability to move at will," Daschle said. "It's been a long time. 9-11 was more than year ago, and we have yet to find him."

Okay, asshole, then you dig down into that cave and scrape what's left off of the friggin' wall!

12 posted on 11/14/2002 8:54:50 AM PST by Redleg Duke
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To: Quilla
Does the AP recycle news?

Ask yourself if you can remember the last time the Democrats had an original idea; I'm sure Tommy said this twice!

13 posted on 11/14/2002 8:55:22 AM PST by Howlin
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"They continue to be as great a threat today as they were one and a half years ago. So by what measure can we claim to be successful so far?"

Dear Senator D@ssh*le:

--"Measure" the fact that you have not been nuked, shot sleeping in your bed, or blown up in your car in the last 14 months.

--"Measure" the fact that you and your soreloserman colleagues have not been nuked or blow up either.

--"Measure" the fact that the Capitol building, the White House and the Pentagon are still standing,etc.,etc.

--"Measure" the fact that in spite of the anthrax letters a year ago, you have not yet been killed by anthrax.

And when you're done "measuring" these things, go back and "measure" the votes from November fifth, you worthless, whiney pile of DOG SH*T!!!

By the way, Senator D@ssh*le,there is no ruler small enough to measure your microscopic d*ck (that is, if you actually have one.)

14 posted on 11/14/2002 8:55:28 AM PST by RooRoobird14
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To: finnman69

"We can't find bin Laden, we haven't made real progress" in finding key elements of al-Qaida," the South Dakotan said. "They continue to be as great a threat today as they were one and a half years ago. So by what measure can we claim to be successful so far?"

Unbelievable.  His head is so far up his a$$ that he's completely blind to the fact that rebuilding our intelligence isn't going to happen over night.  Especially after it was systematically decimated by 8 years of Jack Reno and The Arkansas Love Machine.

A related observation.  I'm still not convinced of the validity of this new bin-Laden tape.  Based mainly on the fact that I think he'd probably have produced a video if he really were still alive.  An audio tape is far more easily faked and thusly refutable.

Just my thinking.

 

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

15 posted on 11/14/2002 8:56:29 AM PST by South Hawthorne
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To: finnman69
A last desperate effort for a man who sees his efforts to foist his radical leftist agenda on the country.

There is no better example of why he and his tried old colleagues are bad for America. They must be thrown on the trash heap of history.

16 posted on 11/14/2002 8:57:12 AM PST by bert
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To: Howlin
Poor Tommy....trying to deflect the American people from the real mission of the war on terror. He thinks the people are so stupid they'll believe that there is only one terrorist in the world!
17 posted on 11/14/2002 8:57:45 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: finnman69
Wait a minute, you are saying that the Bush administration held back information that the tape was spliced with new information to make it appear current so that he could get the Homeland Security bill through Congress?
18 posted on 11/14/2002 8:57:50 AM PST by Eva
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To: RooRoobird14
I like the way you think.
19 posted on 11/14/2002 9:00:14 AM PST by Quilla
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To: RooRoobird14
LOL!!!!!

Would Dasshole like some cheese with that whine?
20 posted on 11/14/2002 9:00:15 AM PST by Sparta
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